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Maestra Melina at 100: A Lace Maker in Calabria, Italy

(29 01 2018) Joan L Saverino

This is the story of a Calabrian 100 year old lace maker of local renown, her social legacy as a teacher in a small village near Gioia Tauro, and her niece’s own lace making...

“The Mediterranean Came to Flavor My Existence”: Harry Bertoia’s Midcentury Italian American Aesthetic

(22 10 2013) Laura E. Ruberto

Reflections on how Italy shaped (or didn’t) the midcentury modern design of artist Harry Bertoia.

The Case of the Missing Fasanella Painting

(02 03 2011) Laura E. Ruberto

How I uncovered that the City of Oakland, the Oakland Public Library, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Oakland International Airport have misplaced Ralph Fasanella’s...

Italianità alternativa

(25 01 2010) Joseph Sciorra

The Italian-American “experience” is anything but singular.

Searching for the Ethnic Angle in John Baldessari’s Art

(19 08 2009) Laura E. Ruberto

On a visit to a retrospective of this California artist, I consider traces of the Italian immigrant background in his work.

An Epic of Mediterranean Culture

(22 12 2008) Joseph Sciorra

Sixty-six years ago, the Museum of Modern Art exhibited a Sicilian-American bootblack’s decorated shoeshine kit, contributing to the museum director’s eventual dismissal.

Lace in the Crystal City

(28 08 2008) Joseph Sciorra

An exhibition presents women’s domestic needlework in Corning, New York.

Bedazzled by Filomeno

(06 01 2008) Joseph Sciorra

Allegory and needlework meet in the sumptuous work of visual artist Angelo Filomeno.

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